Gareth Davies MP applauds Government rescue of grass roots music venue in Stamford

Gareth Davies MP applauds Government rescue of grass roots music venue in Stamford

  • 135 grassroots music venues have been saved by emergency funding as part of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund including the Stamford Corn Exchange & Theatre Lounge in Stamford.
  • The Government is making available an immediate rescue package worth £3.36 million as grassroots music venues are the first recipients from the massive Culture Recovery Fund

The Government has announced a £3.36million fund, to save grass roots music venue at immediate risk of closure. Including £25,000 to help the Stamford Corn Exchange & Theatre Lounge in Stamford.

The fund is providing vital support to 135 music venues, which otherwise would face collapse due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Accelerated funding is being provided to cover on-going running costs incurred during closure, including rent and utilities, so that some of the country’s most treasured venues can survive.

This support is on top of the £500 million in grants being delivered to cultural organisation by Arts Council England, who are still accepting applications until 4 September.  All this funding forms part of an unprecedented £1.57bn rescue package for culture and heritage from the Government to see these sectors through the coronavirus pandemic.

Indoor performances can now restart with socially distanced audiences so music venues are now able to reopen safely, alongside other culture venues and heritage sites.  Ministers and Gareth Davies MP are encouraging everyone to visit reopened venues and support cultural organisations starting to put performances back on.

Gareth Davies MP welcomed the announcement:

“I welcome the fantastic support being given to support the arts in Stamford.

“Grassroots venues like the Stamford Corn Exchange & Theatre Lounge are vital to our local community and help enrich our culture. The Stamford Corn Exchange & Theatre Lounge is being supported by the Government because it is so vital to our vibrant music industry, as well as being a local treasure’.

Commenting, the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said:

“This Government is here for culture and these grants today show we are determined to help our exceptional music industry weather the covid storm and come back stronger.

“Grassroots music venues are where the magic starts and these emergency grants from our £1.57bn fund will ensure these music venues survive to create the Adeles and Ed Sheerans of the future.

“I encourage music fans to help too by supporting music and cultural events as they start to get going again.  We need a collective effort to help the things we love through covid.”